As a genre film production education and networking program for emerging Asian filmmakers, NAFF Fantastic Film School has provided a practical-based curriculum since its inception. Over the past 13 years, Fantastic Film School has produced 264 filmmakers. Taking on the role of dean this year is Hanmac Culture Group CEO Jonathan KIM, who has produced/executive produced more than 30 films, including Piano Man (1996), A Promise (1998), To Catch a Virgin Ghost (2004), Monopoly (2006), and Jang-Gae: The Foreigner (2020). Also in store are a master class by the brilliant Tony KAYE, a small-scale mentoring program to facilitate a close exchange between lecturers and participants, and pitching and networking programs. Fantastic Film School’s curriculum focuses on the cultivation of a sustainable film industry; it covers fundamental aspects of film production, such as screenwriting coaching and scene analysis, as well as hot issues within the film industry, including strategies for getting into film festivals and film distribution/screening alternatives. It also creates synergy by offering a variety of networking opportunities, thereby promoting the formation of global networks between participants. Fantastic Film School creates high-quality programs to foster up-and-coming Asian filmmakers by assessing the rapidly-changing trends in the film industry. The participants’ passion for learning motivates the veterans on site, and their know-how gifts the participants with valuable insight. The meticulous guidance of last year’s lecturers and the enthusiasm of the participants offset the pandemic’s impact and allowed the program to end in success. By gleaning the lessons from our experiences last year, we will maximize the safety and convenience of the online program and launch a talent cultivation platform for this year’s 100 participants (35 enrollees + 65 auditing students).

NAFF Fantastic Film School

Date July 8(Thu) ~ July 14(Wed)
Venues Online (gather.town)Bucheon Fantastic Castle
Presented by Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN)
Cooperative Agency VIPO(Visual Industry Promotion Organization) Japan
Contact Industry Program Team of Network of Asian Fantastic Films